Some of my favourite things about knitting are, the feeling of wearing a piece of hand crafted clothing and being able to alter it so it fits just right. Being slightly taller than average I have long limbs, meaning many jumpers (sweaters) have a tendency to have sleeves that are too short! This is particularly irritating in the cold winter months, when comfort and warmth are my number one priority. The solution; a giant 400g ball of Sirdar purple yo-yo yarn, pattern 9082 and some needles, leading to the most comfortable Winter jumper I own. Continue reading
Well readers, today is a momentous day. Today I get to share something very special. Today I get to show you all my very first Heaven and Earth Designs (HAED) cross stitch finish. That’s right, you read that correctly, after all this time I have only now managed to complete a HAED, and not even one of the large charts.
In all seriousness though I am super excited to be able to show you this finish. This is QS Clara, artwork by Hannah Lynn Disney, and she is a total of 53,235 stitches. I adore how she has turned out.
Hey everyone, I have some more hand knit socks to share. While my creativity was on holiday for a while, the only thing I felt like working on was some hand knit socks. They are a nice compact project that I am able to carry around with me and don’t take any prep to settle down with for an evening. The perfect craft for when I’m too tired or under pressure. The only question to answer is, which pattern?
Hey all, hope everyone is well and enjoying the month of July. Once again I must apologise for being away for so long. My partner and I have been in the process of attempting to purchases our first house and it has been one of the most stressful experiences of my life. However the stress of the whole process seems to have done great things for my crafting productivity. I have worked on a number of different projects over the last few months, so will have lots to share over the next while.
Hey everyone, well it’s Sunday so that means it’s WIP update time! I have been feeling so guilty about Elegance of the Orient not getting enough attention that I started trying to do little bits on my lunch break at work. It actually has worked pretty well and I managed to get two more sections done.
While in my local craft shop recently I found a gorgeous yarn call Tivoli Haven. It is super chunky and soft so I bought a couple of balls to make some nice comfie slouch socks. However having gotten my yarn I couldn’t find any patterns online that used Aran (8wpi) weight with 8mm needles. At first I was despondent but then I decided I could make them myself, if I knew how to calculate the number of cast on stitches I needed! Continue reading
Hey everyone, hope you are all getting in lots of creative time. We have been pretty busy here but I have managed to do some crafting here and there. Since I knit my first pair of socks, see here for that post, I have been a bit sock mad. There are just so many amazing patterns out there, many with really beautiful designs. I was itching to try a decorative pair but wasn’t too confident in my sock knitting skills. Continue reading
For a long time now I have been seeing hand knit socks online, and they always look amazing. However the pictures of them in progress made it look so complicated, just so many needles at once! Well I decided to get myself some yarn and a set of double pointed needles (DPNs), look up a tutorial and give it a go. Why not, right? Continue reading
I’m delighted to report, I have my first cross stitch finish of 2017! I took out Blossoming Spring the other day and was shocked at how little was left to be done. I thought that there was a fair amount of stitching left on this piece. However only the top cluster of blossoms needed finishing. The last progress report on this project can be found here for those interested. Continue reading
Hey everyone, I’ve another cross stitch post to share with you all. Cube finishes for cross stitches have been cropping up all over the internet. A number of blogs I regularly read had some gorgeous pieces displayed using this technique. I began to fall in love with it and really wanted to give it a go. After doing a little bit of searching online, to get my head around the basic techniques involved, I made a start using a finished cross stitch called Bird Seed by Bent Creek. This chart is from Just Cross Stitch magazine April 2002 issue. Continue reading